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The Franklin times. (Louisburg, N.C.) 1870-current, March 06, 1969, Image 1

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The Franklin Times Published Every Tuesday & Thursday Serving All Of Franklin County Phone GY6-3283 Ten Cents L^ui^rg, N. C., Thursday, March 6. 1969 (Twelve Pages Today) 100th Year-Number 6 Franklin Travel Income Near Double In Decade Franklin County has increased its overall income from the traveling pub lic 82 percent in the past decade and growth from tourist travel alone has jumped 95 percent since 1958. The county registered a total of $927,000 in tourist travel spending in 1958 and $1,812,000 in 1968. This represents only .26 of the total state I distribution, however. Total spending including county travelers was $2,229,000 in 1958 and $4,050,000 in 1968 and this, too, represents only .26 of the state. The county ranks 71st in travel income now and was 66th in 1958. Employment of persons serving the traveling public has not risen in line with the rise in income. In 1958, there were 273 persons employed by busi nesses serving travelers and in 1968 the figure had risen to only 294. The annual income of North Caro lina's travel industry nearly doubled ? a . ? ? Youngsville Elections * Ordered Youngsville - A resolution calling & regular election for Mayor and Town Board or Commissioners was adopted at the monthly meeting or the Youngs ville Governing Body held Monday night ot this week. Mrs. E. J. Pearce was appointed to serve as Registrar and Mrs. W. R. Evans and Mrs. T. E. Lindsey to serve as Judges at the election to be held at the Town Hall on May sixth, 1969. Reg istration period will be from Friday, April 18, through Friday, April 25. Final riling date for candidates is set for Saturday, April nineteenth, at twelve noon. Mayor W. M. Roberts welcomed as guests at the meeting Exeedtive Direc tor or the Franklin County Industrial Development Commission, Mr. Ken neth Shubart. and two survey engi neers, Mr. Troy Doby and Mr. James Wilson. Mr. Doby explained to com missioners a county wide water system survey and appraisal; answered ques tions raised by commissioners and Mayor. He stated that survey reports should be complete in June with copies available for towns in the coun ty. Local business included lengthy dis cussion on building permits and codes; fire regulations; business permits; and proposed new zoning ordinances, and curb and gutter work to be done on main street. Town Commissioners W. T. Moss, E. J. Pearce. J. T. Allen, M. D. Hoyle and D. H. Cyrus, Sr. were all present for the meeting. during the past decade, but the in crease in additional travel firms and new jobs they created was less than half as great, according to State Travel Director Bill F. Hensley. The director said annual spending by travelers in North Carolina in creased from $360 million in 1958 to $696' million last year. During the same period, he pointed out, the num ber of travel-related firms in the State rose only 34 per cent -? from 16,940 to 22,680. There was a 43 per cent increase in the number of- persons employed in the travel industry -- from 67,547 in 1958 to 96,700 last year. The comparisons are based on special compilations in the 1968 North Carolina Travel Survey, which shows the industry's growth both on the State level and by individual counties. 'The survey may indicate that the increase in North Carolina's travel economy has been due largely to the general increase in the travel market rather than to any significant effort on the part of the industry to provide additional travel facilities," Hensley said He pointed out that only five coun ties increased their number of travel firms by 100 per cent or more during the decade and that five other counties actually had fewer persons employed ? in the'travel industry last year than in 1958. In the latter fase, however, each county realized afteast a 50 per cent increase in the amount they receive annually from travelers. . In terms of total tnvel expendi tures, including the amount spent by North Carolinians traveling within their own state, thirty-one counties had an increase of 100 per cent or more during the period. Graham had the greatest growth percentage (548 per cent), followed by Swain with 237 ' per cent, Camden with 21 8 per cent, Cherokee with 215 per cent and Dare County with a 200 per cent increase. Mecklenburg, the State's most populous county, also was the county which received the greatest amount of income from travelers. In 1968, travel ers spent more than $74 million in Mecklenburg, almost double the amount spent in 1958. Although the urban areas of the Piedmont registered highest in total , travel expenditures. Hensley remarked, a significant increase in travel spending was also noted in the coastal and far western counties. Buncombe County received more than $43 million from travelers in 1968, an increase of 143 per cent over the amount spent in 1958. Cherokee County's travel in come rose 215 per cent, from less than $1 million in 1958 to more than $2.7 million last year. Swain County had a 237 per cent growth rate in annual spending, from $1.2 million to nearly $4.5 million. Checking Remains Wide Moore, left, and Franklin Coroner Jamet Edward* are ihown above examining remains uncovered by Moore'* earth fnoving craw* thia week. The diicoverie* were made at the lite of Moore'* aand piU on East River Road. Edwards Hid the remains were old and that he would take them to Raleigh for further examination. He said he believes the earth-moving equipmentv^ineovered some unmarked grave*. At least two tkull* and possibly a third were uncovered with other bone*. i Photo by Clint Puller. To Be Sworn Today Newly appointed County Commissioner Robert Lee Burnette, left, is shown being congratulated this morning by Clerk of Court Ralph S. Knott following the announcement by Knott that he was naming the 69-year-old business partner of the late George Harris to fill the unexpired term. Mr. Harris died last week while serving as Chairman of the Board. He and Burnette operated a lumber business in the Sandy Creek Township. ? Photo by Clint Fuller. Fountain Comments On High Taxes Washington, D. C. J . . This week, I'd like to discuss briefly a subject of vital importance to all of us. That subject is taxes. Most of us feel that our taxes are too high, especially when weighed against what we get in return for them. I'm inclined to agree. As Chairman of a subcommittee concerned with seeing thaf certain departments spend their public funds wisely and efficiently, I am constantly fighting waste and inef ficiency at the Federal level. As a matter of fact the Government Opera tions Committee, of which I am a member has just reported that its investigations during the 90th Con gress resulted in savings of more than $2.5 billion. All in all, we probably are paying 'the highest taxes of our lifetimes although the Federal income tax is not as high now as it was 10 years ago, even with the surtax which all of us want to get rid of as soon as possible. State, county, city and special dis trict taxes, however, have been rising steadily over the years. When added to the Federal income tax, we undoubt edly do have the highest overall taxes in history. Most of us know this. Most of us continue to pay up while at he same time hoping for more equitable treat ment someday. But not everyone pays his fair share of those taxes. There are loopholes in our tax laws so big that any qood tax attorney can find fantastic savings for the big rich or, as they are often called today, the "super rich." Included t *? Lions View 'Thinking' Film Kenneth Schubart. Franklin Indus trial Development Director and a member of the Lou is burg Lions Club, preiented a program to his club Tues day. Schubart showed the group films on the subject "Thinking". The pro gram was designed to show how ideas are developed. Pointing out that every service comes first from some idea. Schubart explained that because today's services are so competitive, successful thinking must go on or business failure could result. 'Too many people feel that crea tive Ideas must come from the Ben Franklins, but small unimportant people can also create", it waa said. In developing ideas, it was said that necessity is the mother of Invention and that every sound plan will be useful sooner or later because it fills a need. Conformity should be avoided -and continlous experimentation should be encouraged in he develop ment of sound Ideas, It was said The Lions were again reminded that the club will visit the Boys Home at Lake WaccWnaw on April 13. ' i among these are some of the huge oil companies which, by design, can legal ly write off millions that otherwise would be paid in axes. Many of you have written to me about your concecn over the taxes you must pay and the taxes that others get around by using legal loopholes. Happily, Congress is concerned about this situation also. Chairman Wilbur Mills of the House Ways and Means Committee-where all tax legis lation must originate-has made tax See FOUNTAIN Page 8 Bill To Allow County Ordinances Passed Legislation to grant North Caro lina's counties the power to make ordinances was enacted Wednesday by the Senate after an unsuccessful at tempt was made to change the effec tive date of the bill. In contrast to the one - hour debate Tuesday, the bill caused little com motion as It was given final approval. Sen. Ruffln Bailey. D - Wake, sent up an amendment to change the effec tive date of the bill from next July 1 , to Jan. 1, 1971. Sen. Jack White, D-Cleveland, who steered the measure through the Sen ate, strongly opposed the intendment, saying, "We must put some confidence in county boards." White told the Senate, "If you don't like any ordinance that county boards adopt, you can come back here in 1971 and do away with it." After the bill's passage, White said, "I'd like to thank all the members because It's taken a long time to pass It." The measure is the first of a pack age of bills to give local governments more home rule authority. Alert Community Man Named Commissioner Robert C. Burnette Succeeds Business Partner On Board Clerk of Court Ralph S. Knott has announced the appointment of Robert Lee Burnette, 59-year-old farmer and lumberman, to fill the unexpired term of the late George H. Harris on the Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Harris, serving as Chairman of the Board died last week. Mr. Burnette was a business partner of Mr. Harris in the Burnette-Harris . Lumber Co. and lives in the Alert Community. A native of Franklin County, Mr. Burnette is a member of the Mt. Grove Baptist Church where he has served for several years on he Building and Grounds Committee. He attended Gold Sand School and has been a farmer-lumberman for about 40 years. He and his .wife, Mrs. Pattie Moore Burnette, whom he married in 1930, have three children, Richard of the Alert Community, Mrs. Joyce Ann Ayscue of the Gold Sand Community and Mrs. Carolyn Lane of Franklin, Va. Knott said he Is pleased to have Mr. Burnette accept the appointment and says he Is confident that he will serve the county well. He said he carefully considered every name recommended to him in light of the appointment. He also explained that he wanted to select a man from Sandy Creek Township in as much as Mr. Harris was a resident of that Township. It was learned that several names were mentioned from Hayesville Township which with Sandy Creek makes up the District. "I want to work for the betterment of the county". Mr. Burnette said in an interview this morning. "I will need to get more information on many things. .1 will need to learn and I had rather wait until I have gotten settled before commenting on tome things", he added. He said he thought the Board of Commissioners should look into sug gestions made by interested citizens. Asked about a recent request by Times Editor Clint Fuller for a study to be made of county employees salary schedules, Mr. Burnette said he felt it should be looked into. He also said he felt the canceled electrical inspection program should be studied. He de clined, however, to make any definite committments asking that Ift be al lowed to get settled in his new posi tion before making more definite statements. Mr. Burnette will be officially sworn this afternoon at 2 P.M. when the Board of Commissioners meet in special session in the Comml*ioner's room in the courthouse. Franklinton Native Dies In Pittsboro John Oliver Newell, Jr., 42, for- ? merly of Franklinton, a livestock dealer and horseman, died at his home on Rt. 3, Pittsboro, Monday. Accord ing to reports Newell died of injuries sustained in a freak fall at his home. He also maintained a home at 1308 Canterbury Road in Raleigh. A veteran of World War II, he recently established an insurance agency in Raleigh. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ouida Brantley Newell; two daughters. , Jennie Newell of Albuquerque, N. M. and Ouida Simmons Newell of the home; two sons, Larry Stephen and John Oliver Newell, II, of the -home; three sisters. Mrs. Benjamin Merritt Horton of Silver Spring, Md., Mrs. William Brooks Parham, Jr., and Mrs. John Felix Green of Franklinton; one grandchild. Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fairvlew Cemetery in Franklinton by the Rev. Horace Jackson. Mother Gets Reply From Justice Department On Quest For School Aid The United States Department of Justice filed contempt of court, charges against the Franklin County Board of Education last January only after a "careful and objective" investigation by the Federal Bureau of In vestige tion, according to an Assistant Attor ney General. * The information is contained in a letter received by Mrs. Lucille M. Romero, a mother of five. In answer to a plea made to President Richard M. Nixon asking his help in the preven tion of the destruction of the Franklin County school system. The letter, written by Assistant Attorney Geberal Jerris Leonard Mon day, states. "Since this case Is now before the Court, it would not be appropriate to comment on the merits. I wish to assure you, however, that the contempt proceedings by this depart ment now pending were instituted only after careful and objective investi gation by the FBI, which included interviews of numerous white and Negro teachers, pupils, and other per sons with knowledge of the facts". The Board of Education said short ly after the charges were made that the FBI was here last October investigating the school situation but no member of the Board was contacted or Inter viewed. The FBI did Inform the Board Chairman that they were conducting the Investigation. One Board member said he -Is at a loss to determine what persons "with knowledge of the facta" were contacted. In * prepared statement the Board ?aid, "It seem* to u> that If this investigation revealed any discrepancy that the logical recourse would have been for the Department of Justice to inform the Board of Education before this late date". Mrs. Romero's letter to the Presi dent was pasaed to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare for an answer. Lloyd R. Henderson. Chief of the Civil Rights Section then turned it over to the Department of Justice and Maceo W. Hubbard. He In turn re ferred it to Mr. Leonard. The Board was charged last January with conducting segregated classes in Integrated schools and of ordering Negro pupils to sit at the rear of school buses. The Board vigorously denied the charges saying they "are not true" and that 'The Board of Education emphatically denies that there is any racial discrimination what soever In the Franklin County School System". The Board termed the charges as "a form of harrassment against the Board of Education and the people of Frank lin County". Mrs. Romero, whose husband was killed in. Lima, Peru in 1965 while serving as coordinator for the Con ference of American Armies", wrote Mr. Ntxon: "It seems that if something Is not done soon. Mr. President, our county school system will be de v stroyed. Since September our schools have been 100% integrated and peace fully. What more can they ask?" The reply received by Mrs. Romero this week apparently closes the door on any assistance from the President. The letter, as one observer put It, hat fallen into the same hands that have rapped Franklin County for years. War Victim Rites Sunday Funeral services for Army Sjt. John W. Thomas, 20, of Louisburf will be conducted Sunday at 2 P.M. from the o u.u Baptist Church, conducted by Rer. O. H. Brodie. Bur ial will follow, with full military honors, In City Cemetery. 0 " Thomas, ion of Mrs. Mattie Mae Thomas of the Mineral Springs scviiuu, was Kiuru in combat in Viet THOMAS nam on February 22, 1969. H? re portedly stepped on an enemy booby trap while on a combat mission. He entered service on October 28, 1967 and arrived in Vietnam on November, 1968 I

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